The Archdiocese of Washington is committed to keeping children safe and to bringing healing to those harmed. Here you can learn more about our child protection policy; sign up for background checks and training if you are seeking to work or volunteer with young people in the archdiocese; and, perhaps most importantly, if you have been a victim of child sexual abuse, please contact the Office of Child and Youth Protection at
301-853-5328, so you may receive the assistance you need.
Watch the entire Focus on the Child | Child Protection Video Series from Archdiocese of Washington on Vimeo.
The archdiocese has had a written Child Protection Policy since 1986. The policy covers reporting, prevention and healing. It mandates reporting to civil authorities; education for children and adults; and background checks for clergy, employees and volunteers who work with minors. Also included is information on assistance for those harmed and what to do if there is an allegation. A Child Protection Advisory Board of predominantly lay experts advises on and monitors compliance with child protection efforts.
- Child Protection in the Archdiocese of Washington (PDF)
- Top Safety Tips for Parents (PDF)
- Technology (PDF)
- Relationships (PDF)
- Kid’s Guide to Bullying (PDF)
Volunteer and Employee Information
- Child Protection Training
- Fingerprinting Schedule (PDF)
- Volunteer Application (Application in Spanish)
- Volunteer Checklist
- Employment Application
- Child Protection Advisory Board and Annual Reports
- Case Review Board
- Q&A: When there is an allegation
- Resurrection and redemption (PDF), The Washington Post, Easter 2010
- Letter to parishioners (PDF), April 5, 2010
National Child Protection Efforts and Resources